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Fake Obama photo meant to "smear" a rival envelops Houston congressman in cloud of controversy

By Tyler Rudick

With his bid for U.S. Senate floundering, outspoken Houston area congressman Steve Stockman was caught red-handed this week after posting a fake picture of Republican rival John Cornyn standing wit ...

Ch, ch, changes

Houston Chronicle shakeup continues: Former first lady joins editorial team; big pay cuts for others

By Clifford Pugh

The ever-changing Houston Chronicle has made a surprising hire: Former Houston first lady Andrea White is joining the editorial staff on a temporary basis that could become permanent. The move ...

What's he smoking?

Gone to pot? Texas Gov. Rick Perry softens stance on marijuana

By Claire St. Amant

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is well-known as a supporter of guns and low taxes, but he's never made headlines for his stance on legalizing marijuana. Until now. The global media is calling Perry' ...

Annise Parker

Nerd Power: Houston mayor opens up on closet cleaning, sci-fi love and Bill Clinton lessons

By Clifford Pugh

"Nerd" is a word that Mayor Annise Parker considers a badge of honor. During an interview, she proudly ticks off her self-described "nerd credentials" —  she likes to ...

Political Wasteland

Texas ranks a shameful 46 out of the 50 states in political engagement

By Claire St. Amant

Texans pride themselves on, well, a lot of things. But according to a new survey, we don't have much to brag about in the political arena. ranked the most politically engaged ...

Laff Fest

Dubya Uncensored: George W. Bush trades jokes with Jay Leno on Obamacare and retirement

By Claire St. Amant

Former President George W. Bush likes to keep a low profile these days, but the 43rd POTUS decided to make an exception for Jay Leno. Bush was a special guest on  The Tonight Show With Ja ...

International Attention

Who's laughing now? Anti-gay Houston Republican who pretended to be black to win election gets lampooned

By Tyler Rudick

After winning a close election in a predominately African-American district, Houston Republican David Wilson is making national headlines as details emerge about the efforts he undertook ...

In The Courts

Try again, Texas: Controversial abortion law deemed unconstitutional by federal judge

By Claire St. Amant

Three months after the Texas Legislature passed new abortion restrictions, a federal judge has ruled them unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel's Monday decision comes one day b ...

They Kidd

Crazy new laws for Houston? Ban on dogs playing cards among measures pushed by a persistent pair

By Tyler Rudick

The Art Guys took democracy by storm with a special presentation at this week's city council meeting titled There Ought to Be a Law — the latest installment of the Houston duo's ...


Controversial Texas congressman's campaign contributions raise serious questions

By Clifford Pugh

UPDATE Oct. 17: Steve Stockman's campaign report has been amended to show contributions came from staffers, not from their relatives, the Sunlight Foundation reports. But the senior legal ...

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